Good Afternoon all!
So the story is a long one. I am a 31 year old current Marine with 4 years of service so far who has suddenly come up with a series of pretty horrible health issues after 4 years of being in pretty awesome and flawless shape. High blood pressure, pretty severe heart palpitations, etc etc…Episode started almost a year ago now with a seizure and I experienced no issues again until 4 months ago when I lost all of the feeling in my arms and legs and sight in one eye(It’s all back now, but took months to get my strength back and I am still pretty shaky). It was at that time I noticed that my heart was horribly off rhythm and I am SURE that is what caused the first seizure and the aforementioned episode. The first thing we found in the hospital was that my blood pressure was just far to high despite a very good diet, about 170/120 being a resting blood pressure before being medicated and after medications I run 190/110-120 during a brief run(Whereas I used to be able to pull 8-10 miles as a warmup before work!). After way to many tests regarding bloodwork, echos, the whole shabang came back saying I was in perfect health I had to try to figure out what was going on, they kept pumping me full of meds to regulate my BP and heart but I don’t want to attack symptoms, I want to actually be fixed. Our medical coverage being what it is you will definitely be crippled or die if you just kind of let them do what they want with a big issue.
I meditated on things for a while and finally came to my current conclusion, I frequently wakeup during the night(always did but never thought anything of it) and feel delirious and wore out all the time. I had always choked it up to the hours and stress of the job until now. Sometimes I wakeup and it is plain as day that I am not breathing, tingling lips and bloodshot eyes, even to the extent that my hands and feet are cold and numb. My eyesight has quickly deteriorated(I am convinced it is due to the blood pressure) as well which has really set me for a downhill roll seeing as how I start college soon(online). I was sent to a one night sleep study and all came back “good” except for a ton of PVCs(Think heart palpitation) which are always very bad at night, sometimes even waking me up. I wasn’t taking that, one good night doesn’t mean anything because I had already noticed that some nights I wakeup feeling ok and alot of nights I feel like a band of midgets busted into my room in my sleep and beat me near to death. So I went out and bought my own Sp02 monitor…
And things started to surface that I had suspected. Ill go sometimes for 3 or 4 days with good oxygen levels and heartrate then get slammed with a few days(Without doing anything different that day) where it says I had several drops. Those are the days I feel like crap. They don’t give a crap about us and never did. I have been ripping medicals teeth out to try to get a good study done, they always go for the lowest bidder and cheapest solution, even threw heart surgery onto the dang table before a longer sleep study, that is Military healthcare for you…I just want to get fixed, there are alot of guys here fighting the same battle.
This is a link to images of my Spo2 levels and heartrate at night I saved. The ring talks to my phone via bluetooth, we tested it against the hospitals equipment and it is dead on. I have to prove I have something going on ASAP. Any help, advice, or input is a literal lifesaver.